Violinist

Aden performs regularly as a chamber musician and increasingly as a soloist. As a freelance musician, Aden has played for opera and theatre companies across Scotland including Tayside Opera and Haddo House Choral & Operatic Society, Phoenix Theatre, Dundee Schools Music Theatre, and Captivate Theatre. Alongside many others, Aden performs with the Aberdeen Chamber Orchestra, and the Scottish Pops Orchestra and is first violinist and founding member of the Aurora Quartet. Also a baroque violinist, Aden has worked with the Aberdeen Early Music Collective as a performer and tutor of the baroque string ensemble at the University of Aberdeen.

Aden plays on a Colin Adamson violin modeled on the 1715 Stradivari (ex Joachim).

BMus (Hons) - LRSM

Book  on Encore Musicians
Aberdeen Chamber Orchestra
Including Elgar's Enigma Variations
30/5/20

Pianist

Aden has played for the University of Aberdeen Opera Society’s productions of Cunning Little Vixen (2014) and Carmen (2017). Aden was repetiteur for the Gilbert and Sullivan Society of Aberdeen during their productions of Pirates of Penzance (2014), Yeomen of the Guard (2016), HMS Pinafore (2017), The Mikado (2019), and Iolanthe (2020). Aden has also been involved in the Sound Festival for several new works including Joe Stollery’s Maiden Stone (2014) and Mither Kirk (2017), and a Diana Burrell portrait concert (2018). More recently, he has become a member of the new music group Any Enemy and has worked with young people at the Sound Festival's Go Compose programme. Also an experienced accompanist, Aden has accompanied for countless exams and festivals of all levels and disciplines. In collaboration with soprano Jillian Bain Christie in 2018, Aden toured a programme inspired by Scottish music in venues around the country including the Pitmedden Music Festival.

Musical director

Further to Aden’s extensive experience as a repetiteur, in 2015 he took his first role as Musical Director of Captivate Theatre’s production of Bugsy Malone in the Edinburgh Fringe. Since then, he has been assistant MD for numerous productions including the Aberdeen Gilbert and Sullivan Society’s production of Yeoman of the Guard (2016) Mikado (2018) and Iolanthe (2019), the Aberdeen Art Centre’s production of Cabaret (2016) and their panto Snow White (2016). Aden was then MD for Beauty and the Beast (2017) before becoming resident MD for their in-house production company ACTC, performing Fame (2017) and the Scottish premiere of Side Show (2018).